Cruise fiends who were willing to fork over a pretty penny to view some of the planet’s most endangered landscapes recently took to the seas for a controversial yet exclusive journey on Crystal Cruises. Passengers sailed through the Northwest Passage, a region where global warming has been wreaking the most havoc on melting icebergs and a once impassable route now able to receive vessels as some of the land has melted away.
From Aug. 16–Sept. 17, the Crystal Serenity cruise ship spent one month traveling from Seward, Alaska, through the Northwest Passage before docking in New York City. The ship was the largest vessel of its kind to sail through this passage in the Arctic, a thoroughfare that connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans that has opened thanks to rising global temperatures.
Cruisers paid up to $100,000 for a ticket aboard this maiden voyage, and all guests were obligated to purchase emergency evacuation insurance as well, with a price tag of $44,500. Once on board, guests were able to take part in unique experiences like helicopter rides over glaciers and polar bear sightings.
The voyage has received criticism from some environmentalists who believe the large ship may ruin the rapidly disintegrating natural landscape throughout the Arctic. Despite the controversy, the once-in-a-lifetime cruise made it possible for passengers to view the effects of global warming and possibly encouraged them to get involved in environmental efforts.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.
WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 24 key metrics to determine the best destinations for an upcoming Oktoberfest celebration. The brand’s study found the estimated cost for an American to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is $5,000. Munich boasts a $1.43 billion annual economic impact on Munich. During Oktoberfest, nearly 2 million gallons of beer are consumed and more than 510,000 whole roast chickens eaten.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Qantas will start using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its Sydney–Santiago route starting in late June 2020.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.